Misty Copeland, Resolute Woman

Misty Copeland recently was named the first African-American woman to be a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. “I had moments of doubting myself, and wanting to quit, because I didn’t know that there would be a future for an African-American woman to make it to this level,” Ms. Copeland said at a news […]

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Delighted by flawed people

People with character “possess an impressive inner cohesion…get things done…have achieved a certain depth,” says David Brooks in his book The Road to Character. Brooks lists other important qualities that distinguish people with character, but I really like this attribute. “They just seem delighted by the flawed people around them.” –Joy

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A true refuge

I mentioned in another blog post that I am organizing my library and parting with some books that have been friends for decades. In one little book—The Treasure of a Friend by John C. Maxwell, I found a great quote. “True friends are a true refuge.”—Aristotle –Joy

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My new mini-habit

I have books in my office, books in my closet, books stacked in tall piles in my bedroom. I have been saying for years that I was going to organize my library. Now I’m doing it. I’m inspired by my daughter Mary Elizabeth and a book that she is reading—Mini-Habits—Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen […]

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Western civilization?

When he came to England in the 1930s for talks on Indian self-rule, Mahatma Gandhi was asked what he thought of Western Civilization, says Dr. Sue Johnson in her book Love Sense. “I think it would be a very good idea,” Gandhi replied. “Do we judge (our state of human social development) and organization by […]

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Be yourself

Gloria Steinem once suggested that women have three alternatives as they grow older. “If there are three alternatives, the first being to go along with society’s vision of aging and become an older woman in the conventional sort, the second being to defy society’s idea of aging by remaining a younger woman of a conventional […]

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The beauty of differences

I found this great quote on a notecard, one that was at the bottom of a pile in an disorganized drawer. “Friendship comes with the beauty of differences and the joy of similarities.” –Joy

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Self-knowledge or self-preoccupation?

Fayteen and I always have thought that self-knowledge is a good thing. But, author Elizabeth Dreyer, in her book Accidental Theologians, offers an interesting question. “When does the desire for self-knowledge become self-preoccupation?” –Joy

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Barely domestic

I’m behind on my spring cleaning. Of course, I have a good excuse this year—my broken leg. But, this is not the first year I’ve been behind. That’s why I appreciate this quote from Phyllis Diller. “My husband says the only thing domestic about me is that I was born in this country.” I found […]

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Smuggling mice and working hard

Rita Levi-Montalcini once smuggled a pair of mice on a plane to Brazil by tucking them in her purse or maybe it was her pocket. She needed the mice for research. In 1986, she was award a Nobel Prize for her research on nerve cells. When Levi-Montalcini died in 2012, she was still doing research, […]

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